"The Cameraman" is a classic romantic comedy. This film illustrates the work and contributions of Marceline day, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.
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"The Cameraman" was the first film of Buster Keaton after he signed a contract with MGM, and before the studio was able to stifle his unique creativity and effectively grind his career to a halt. In this film Buster Keaton is still at the top of his form and he creates a string of breathtaking gags, which are masterfully connected with a nice story and a beautiful romance with the outstanding silent movie star Marceline Day.
"The Cameraman" has it all: comedy, drama, a roller-coaster of viewer emotions, heartbreak and triumph. Marceline Day shines brightly and sweetly in the role of Sally; she is unbelievably touching in constantly encouraging and rooting for this awkward fellow, just out of a good heart, even before the romance takes shape. In the whole film there is only one little kiss from Marceline Day’s lips to Buster Keaton’s cheek, but this is plenty to melt all romantic hearts. These two masters of pantomime could say it all with their eyes, and say it in a way that world audiences could perfectly understand and appreciate 85 years ago, as they do today.
"The Cameraman" was the peak of both Buster Keaton’s and Marceline Day’s careers. Marceline Day's wonderful interpretation of her role is one of the reasons why this film is so universally acclaimed both by the critics and by the public. "The Cameraman" has an outstanding ranking of 8.3 in IMDB. Amateur reviewers from the site Mythical Monkey have described Marceline Day's performance in this film as worthy of an Oscar.
Ironically, after destroying Buster Keaton’s career and almost destroying his life, MGM used the film to teach comedians for generations.
"The Cameraman" was added to the National Film Registry in 2005 as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". This is one film for the ages.
Buster Keaton’s name and legacy were revived in the 60ies and he has received full public recognition for his silent masterpieces. Marceline Day, on the contrary, has not been given any award from the film industry establishment and her legacy as an illustrious silent movie star has been largely forgotten, until now. It is the responsibility of all silent film lovers to fight and bring her name and outstanding contributions back from oblivion.
Directed by Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Produced by Buster Keaton, Lawrence Weingarten
Written by Story: Clyde Bruckman, Lew Lipton
Titles: Joseph Farnham
Starring Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin
Cinematography Reggie Lanning, Elgin Lessley
Editing by Hugh Wynn
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date September 22, 1928
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film, English intertitles
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